Sunday, November 01, 2009

When it comes to the mayoral race, the Times calls a lie a lie

From a New York Times article today, headlined In Mayoral Race, a Blitz of Truth-Stretching Ads:
As the New York City mayor’s race enters its final, combative stretch, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his opponent, Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., have unleashed a flood of advertisements that contain distorted, misleading and, in some cases, outright false claims about everything from the creation of jobs to plans for tax increases.
(Emphasis added)

Sounds pretty declarative. So why can't the Times avoid publishing a lie from a government spokesman about the Atlantic Yards site or avoid falsely referring to "[t]he city’s agreement to help finance the [Atlantic Yards housing] plan."

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